Figure of a "Pagod Child", H 24 cm
Figure of a "Pagod Child", H 24 cm
  • Figure of a "Pagod Child", H 24 cm
  • Figure of a "Pagod Child", H 24 cm

Figure of a "Pagod Child", H 24 cm

The craze for China that manifested itself in eighteenth century Europe knew no bounds. From Germany to Italy the Middle Kingdom was rapturously lauded as being a highly cultivated, civilised, peace-loving land. The country's exoticism did nothing to diminish the degree to which it was glorified. Pagodas and tea houses in royal gardens, chinoiseries as decoration for chambers and, most notably, lavish dining were all the rage amongst the European aristocracy. Decorative schemes and figures evoking an exquisite idyll of oriental life accordingly also took shape at MEISSEN® under the aegis of legendary modeller Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775). One such work is this young lad, entered in the MEISSEN® archives for 1750 as a "Pagod Child". Given his similarity with other Pagod figures known to have been produced by Kaendler, he, too, has been ascribed to the great master. Typical of the gifted artist are the lively pose the child has been accorded and clever details such as his nodding head. One foot raised, he is about to make his next step. His motion is taken up by the fall of folds in a loose-fitting garment embellished with opulent indianisch flower painting as well as by the nodding of his head. A finely veined cabbage leaf serves him as a hat whilst his delicately painted face, though full of strident intent, essentially betrays the features of a child. The Meissen Pagod Child from 2011 has thus now acquired a companion - a second nod to the magical Baroque porcelain art of Johann Joachim Kaendler.

SKU: 900384-67872-1
Weight: 850 g
Limited to 50 pieces.

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